Julie Fang

Class of 2022

I’m an Economics major with certificates in Humanistic Studies as well as Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Humanities Mentor

Activities on campus:

Women in Economics and Policy (Outreach Chair); Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (Director of Events)

Why I decided to study the humanities:

I decided to study the humanities because I believe that the humanities is an invaluable source of insights and wisdom. Through history, we can understand how empires and political systems evolve; through literature, we get a glimpse of human nature and how people interact with their environments; through philosophy, we acquire the ability to think logically about abstract matters. Moreover, I believe the writing and analytical skills I acquired in the humanities will enable me to succeed in my future career.

What I have gained from the humanities:

I gained knowledge of many classical works in the Western canon, as well as great experiences meeting with professors and friends in the department. As an economics major, I really value my experiences in the Program in Humanistic Studies because it enabled me to explore a different field that I am passionate about, and develop a different set of skills and perspectives. Moreover, I had the opportunity to engage in fascinating conversations with people in the Program and developed lasting friendships.

HUM Sequence fall break trip:

I went to Greece and did a project on Themistocles’ ostracism. It was truly an amazing experience. The fascinating historical sites, museum tours, and our tour guide Aristotle made this experience particularly memorable. It was a great experience standing on the land where history started, and having conversations about the plays and philosophy we read last year in class. The trip not only deepened my understanding of Ancient Greece, but also kindled my curiosity to dive deeper into the history of Europe.

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